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Volkswagen Golf’s many variants over the years

We’ve been counting down the days leading up to the premiere of the significantly updated Volkswagen Golf in November, and as we reflect on the car’s impact and legacy―over 33 million units built since 1974― it’s interesting to look back at the many variants and editions that were launched over the years.

Around the world, VW Golf drivers today have a choice of gasoline, diesel, natural gas, electric, and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with front or all-wheel drive. What’s more, there are various body styles and special versions to choose from: three or five doors, hatchback or sport wagon, etc. You can stick with the base Golf, move up to a GT (GTI, GTE, GTD), or treat yourself to maximum performance with the Golf R.

Here is a brief recap of important Golf versions:

 •   Golf GTI – 1976
 •   Golf Cabriolet – 1979
 •   Golf GTD – 1982
 •   Golf syncro (forerunner of the 4MOTION all-wheel drive) – 1986
 •   Golf CityStromer (forerunner of the e-Golf) – 1989
 •   Golf Country (SUV forerunner) – 1990
 •   Golf Variant – 1993
 •   Golf R32 (forerunner of the Golf R) – 2002
 •   Golf Plus (forerunner of the Golf Sportsvan) – 2006
 •   Golf TGI (powered by natural gas) – 2013
 •   Golf GTE (plug-in hybrid drive) – 2014